All posts tagged: Sharon F. Rudyk

Spread Your Lips for a Better Birth

I have a prediction that this may become one of my most popular blog posts.  Just wanted to put that out there right from the start. Ina May Gaskin has noted that: Early in my midwifery career, I observed another fascinating relationship pertaining to the Law of the Sphincter.  I noticed a strong connection between the sphincters of the mouth/throat and those of the cervix and yoni.  A relaxed mouth means a more elastic cervix.  Women whose mouths and throats are open and relaxed during labor and birth rarely need stitches after childbirth. (Gaskin, pg. 178) Research now shows that what Ina May Gaskin observed is also supported by actual anatomical features of the mouth and cervix.(As of 4.16.16 it has come to my attention that this link no longer works.) Cervix and vocal fold tissue behave similarly in smear tests.   So mamma, what can you do to keep all your lips relaxed from your mouth to your perineum? 1. Keep people with you in labor who can help you laugh, remind you to …

FREE Guided Meditation Webcast

Guided Meditation Recording Oh no!  Did you miss the live webcast? Download the MP3 and listen at your convenience and practice as often as you like (but not while driving–PLEASE)!  The recorded meditation will be available within an hour of the end of the live webcast. Online Book Club Courses I offer an online book club that features my favorite books on Buddhism, meditation, yoga, philosophy, anthropology, science, the body, anatomy, energy and more.  You can enroll anytime in my book club style course on the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths.  The cost is $25 and we spend five-weeks on this book: Dancing with Life by Phillip Moffitt.  The cost of the book is not included in the participation fees.  Start anytime and read and watch the videos and complete the worksheets all at your own pace and convenience. Newsletter Subscribe to Sharon’s Newsletter My newsletter members get exclusive access to additional FREE guided meditations, webcast seminars and yoga trainings.  If you aren’t already getting my newsletter, please sign-up today.  Upon registration you will immediately receive …

Health Coach for Women

I provide comprehensive, holistic and compassionate care for women of all ages who want to engage in a positive relationship with their pelvis, reproductive health, endocrine system and menstrual cycles.  This includes: Healing for irregular menstrual cycles Learning how to be aware of and track fertility signs Managing chronic pelvic pain, vaginal pain or hip/low back pain Cesarean and birth recovery including nerve damage, anxiety and abdominal and pelvic floor strengthening Working with symptoms associated with PMS (mood, bloating, headaches, etc.) Alternative support for PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) Infertility, miscarriage and pregnancy loss support Healthy menopause Adrenal Fatigue Anxiety, depression, anger and frustration in relationship to menstrual cycles, fertility, PMS, pelvic pain and infertility WOMEN’S HEALTH CONSULTATION SERVICES 2-Hour Consultation and Evaluation $200 50-Minute Sessions $90 Package of Six Individual Sessions $500 Package of Consultation and Six Individual Sessions $675 HOW DO WE WORK TOGETHER? If you live in Pittsburgh or surrounding suburbs, then we can meet together in person in a beautiful treatment room at Mookshi Wellness Center (401 Biddle Avenue, 2nd Floor above …

Love Letter Thursday 2.28.13

28.2.13 Pittsburgh, PA I want to live in a world where everyone believes that each new day represents a completely new opportunity.  It really breaks my heart when I talk with my friends, family or students and they feel as though their future has been determined by the mistakes, adversity or experiences of their past.  I see so many of us feeling stuck and in the feeling place of lacking the velocity to bring ourselves out of a trajectory that has us on the wrong track, but we feel like we just aren’t the “type of person” that makes changes “like that” or perhaps we feel doomed to be just like ______________(fill in the blank with the name of some relative).  Sometimes, it is just so hard to see around the obstacles and challenges in our life. I want you to feel powerful in the face of change and adversity.   So, I’ve created, just for you, a sweet meditation practice where you take a little bit of time (an hour and fifteen minutes to …

Matrika on the Go

  I’m taking matrika style on the go and you can find me offering yoga and meditation classes on Sundays and Mondays at mookshi wellness center!  Save your space in a series today.  I’m also offering a workshop for women and one for meditators.  I hope to see you at mookshi soon! GROUP CLASSES Mindful Flow Join me for this esoteric bliss mission!  In this yoga series open to all levels, we move with the breath creating joy in open awareness.  As our practice is a moving meditation, we use a variety of poses, breathing exercises and visualization techniques from Chinese, Tibetan and Indian yoga traditions to create flexibility and strength in body, mind and spirit.  This healing practice will help you feel centered, relaxed and inspired.  Enjoy a stronger and more flexible body as you build a foundation for profound happiness and tranquility. SERIES I: Mondays, March 4, 11, 18 and April 1 from 10:00-11:15 am SERIES II: Mondays, April 8, 15, 22, 29  from 10:00-11:15 am Tuition: $60 for each series of 4-classes …

Yoga for Meditators

YOGA for MEDITATORS A workshop facilitated by Sharon F. Rudyk SUNDAY, April 28, 2013  from 1:00-3:00 pm $25 Register by calling Sharon (412) 855-5692 or by sending an e-mail to: sharon@yogamatrika.com In this workshop, we will explore a variety of yoga-based movements for body and breath that help prepare the body, mind and spirit for meditation.  Sharon will introduce practice ideas for meditators who want to do yoga to help solve common obstacles faced by adults with a regular meditation practice.  We look at ways to increase energy, calm agitation, relieve stress, open the hips and ease back tension.  In this active workshop we explore asana that provide support for a seated meditation practice and a few restorative and rejuvenating tricks that super-charge the benefits of meditation.  You will learn how to find a more comfortable seat, address aches and pains associated with a seated practice and find relief for physical obstacles that may be preventing you from enjoying a rewarding meditation practice experience. Location: möökshï wellness center, above Biddle’s Escape Café at 401 Biddle …

What You Don’t Know About Your Period is A LOT!

PERIOD. A workshop for women facilitated by Sharon F. Rudyk SUNDAY, April 14, 2013 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm $35 (tuition includes a cycle tracker kit and all handouts) Register by calling Sharon (412) 855-5692 or by sending an e-mail to: sharon@yogamatrika.com In this workshop, you will be re-introduced to your amazing menstrual cycle on physical, spiritual and energetic levels.  The cost of the workshop includes a kit with everything you need to learn about fertility signs and tracking the length and phases of your own unique cycle.  Never be surprised by your period again!  You will learn a unique yoga-based meditation to tune into the energy your moon cycle to help you time creative projects, big decisions and times for rest and rejuvenation.  Respect your natural energetic rhythms and learn self-care techniques for PMS, painful periods and pelvic pain from the seemingly mysterious to ovarian cysts and other challenges to fertility and reproductive health for women.  This workshop is for women of all ages and in all phases of cycling.  Young women under the …

December: Affirmation Yoga

Saturdays, December 1, 8, 15 and 22 Extended Practices from 8:00 to 9:30 am Join me for Extended Practice sessions from 8:00-9:30am.  Our focus this month will be on affirmation yoga.  We will do a full, holistic practice that will be physically, intellectually and spiritually challenging. What is affirmation yoga? Each session we will do a sequence of yoga asana (poses) that we will hold for a more extended period of time during which we will repeat to ourselves a specific mantra.  These mantras are in English and will help us feel supported through this season.   While these affirmations are different from the ones that I am planning on incorporating into my practices in December, they definitely give you an idea of how this works.  It is an incredibly powerful practice that strengthens the body while deeply honoring the energy of the asana and encouraging us to truly embody our practices in mind, body and spirit. Sounds Great, But 8:00 am on Saturdays?  Too early! Is your response, “This sounds great, but it is …

Okonomiyaki Makes Me Happy

Okonomiyaki is a comfortable and magnificent treat—salty, smooth, savory, warm and a culinary cuddle if I’ve ever had one.  When I left New York, I thought I might not ever have the opportunity to feast upon this little Japanese treat again as we were moving so far away from my favorite Geido restaurant in Park Slope (Or are they calling it Way South of Williamsburg now?). Pittsburgh, the most wonderful thing has happened…Teppanyaki Kyoto has opened on Bryant Street in Highland Park.  They offer a wide selection of fillings (including vegetarian options) for Okonomiyaki and I am delighted to say that they do it “right.”  Now, Okonomiyaki can make you happy too! This is an intimate restaurant and reservations are highly recommended if you wish for a table.  I suggest sitting at the counter so you can watch your Okonomiyaki being made right before your eyes.  There are all kinds of other little treats—noodles, ginger pork, fried chicken, octopus balls (don’t ask, just eat), seaweed salad, avocado and shrimp and much, much more.  Everything is …

Good Reading

Ever since I could read, I’ve taken great joy in the process.  From the selection of the book to finishing the last page, I’m just happiest when I am reading.  I tend to read for the sake of reading and am not particularly attached to any one genre.  This being said, I take great pleasure in reading novels.  There’s something divine about becoming absorbed in the relationships, experiences and processes of other people when you don’t have to worry about the reality of it all. In both of these novels that I recommend below, the characters struggle with considerable problems and negotiate complicated relationships, but neither are tragic.  What I mean to say is, these are not upbeat or funny novels, but they aren’t going to have you crying into your pillow as you fall asleep either.  Perhaps that is what makes them perfect reading  for this transition from the dark of winter to the lush potential of spring. I’ve recently checked-out and read two good books from the Carnegie Library here in Pittsburgh (I’m …